Connor Schroeder

Connor Schroeder

Bulldog Notes by Jeff Hartsell

New Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom wasted little time in recruiting his first player for the Bulldogs. Baucom, named as The Citadel’s coach Monday, got a commitment Tuesday from 6-7 wing player Connor Schroeder of Miller School in Charlottesville, Va. Schroeder averaged a team-best 14.2 points and shot 35 percent from 3-point range last season.

“He’s a great kid and an outstanding shooter,” said Miller School coach Ralf Melis. “He was definitely our leader on the court this year, and not just statistically. On offense and defense, he helped us tremendously putting people in the right place. I’m really pleased with how he’s progressed in the last two years.”

Schroeder had recruiting interest from Longwood, Wofford and Radford, among other schools, and of course from VMI, where Baucom coached for 10 years. Melis said Schroeder should be a good fit for Baucom’s up-tempo attack. “He’s the best 3-point shooter we’ve had in the years I’ve been here,” Melis said. “So that fits his style very well. He likes to play fast, and for a big kid handles the ball very well.”

Schroeder’s commitment likely means that Citadel freshman guard Jake Wright will be moving on. The 6-4 Wright has requested a release to transfer, and The Citadel has released him to transfer to any school outside of the Southern Conference.

Former Citadel coach Chuck Driesell already had signed four players for the 2015 recruiting class: 6-2 shooting guard Matt Frierson of Laurel, Md.; 6-6 wing Trevor Jain of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; 6-7 forward Zane Najdawi of Richmond, Va.; and 6-9 center James Pado of Perth, Australia.

As of now, those five freshmen will team with these returning players to form Baucom’s first Citadel team: Forwards Quinton Marshall, Brian White and C.J. Bray; guards Tim Broom, Warren Sledge and Brandon Thompson; and center Tom Koopman.

Justin Oxendine

Justin Oxendine

Oxendine signs
Former Citadel defensive end Justin Oxendine has signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
Oxendine, at 6-3 and 255 pounds an all-SoCon performer, had 37 tackles last season with 10.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks and was named to the all-SoCon team.


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